Christmas is done and as we look forward to Valentines day it is time to pamper (read spoil) ourselves just a little after all of that hard work! These simple steps can be done using basic household products and/or products you probably already have and your hands will feel and look wonderful.
Step 1: The boring normal stuff- Trim, clean, and buff nails as you normally would. Remove any old nail polish.
Step 2: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub- Scrub your hands with any really good facial scrub. Ones such as St. Ives apricot scrub, or Pro-Active facial scrub, any that are abrasive. You want one that will really scrub away the old skin cells. Or you can use sugar mixed with just a little water to make a nice sugar scrub.
Step 3: Moisture - Dry hands and use a natural, if possible, moisturizer. Your hands should feel wonderful already.
Step 4: More moisture - Add a touch more moisturizer to each fingernail, take a washcloth and buff the moisturizer into each fingernail making sure to push back the cuticle gently as you do so.
Step 5: And even more moisture - Apply a heavy moisturizer to your hands. Or you can use olive oil mixed with a little honey if you prefer. Olive oil has been used for centuries as a moisturizer and honey is a beauty secret from my family.
Step 6: Overnight - Put cotton gloves on over the heavy moisturizer. The pair pictured above are from Burt's bees. You can skip the gloves if you do not have any. New, never used 100% cotton garden gloves can be used as a substitute. Or you can use new, never worn socks (just don't let anyone see you 'cause it will look funny). Wear overnight.
Step 7: The morning after - In the morning your hands will feel amazing, but we are not done yet! Repeat step 4, and the next step, #8, is probably the most important one.
Step 8: Every day - Put a bottle of moisturizer and a fingertip towel next to every sink you wash your hands at. While your hands are still warm and wet from washing them apply moisturizer and then dry them. Doing it in this order will help the moisturizer penetrate the skin, and will remove any extra so that your hands will not feel "greasy". Repeat this step daily and you will have healthy feeling and beautiful looking hands.
P.S. If you don't have one of these, I highly recommend them, they are the best. They have 3 sides labeled side1:smooth, side2:buff, side3:shine. And they really work!